Sunday, November 26, 2006

Responsible Tourism Award 2006

Responsible Tourism is about tourism operators "providing quality travel experiences that promote the conservation of natural environments and offer opportunities and benefits for local communities". Wild Asia believes that Responsible Tourism is a business ethic that all tourism operators should adopt. Wild Asia works with Asian tourism operators to help them understand the principles of sustainable tourism and to promote best management practices amongst them.

UN’s World Tourist Organisation launched the World Responsible Tourism Day at the World Travel Market in London on 6 Nov 2006. (source: World Tourism Organisation)

The winners for the Responsible Tourism Award 2006:-
Category: Luxury-Boutique Resorts and Hotels
a) Evason Phuket and Six Senses Spa, Thailand; RT score: 100%
A 260-room resort with rates starting from RM770 (US$210 at low season), Evason Phuket already has two certifications under its belt – Green Globe 21 and Thai Green Leaf. (Backed by United Nations, Green Globe 21 is an international certification scheme for RT operators. The Thai Green Leaf Foundation certifies hotels that are committed to environmental conservation.)
b) Alila Ubud, Bali, Indonesia; 85%
c) Alila Manggis, Bali, Indonesia; 84%
Nanga Sumpa Lodge, Batang Ai, Sarawak, Malaysia; 65% (Category: Eco-ventures, lodges and homestays)
Tanjung Rhu Resort, Langkawi Island, Malaysia; 65% (Category: Destination Award (Best in Langkawi)

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